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U.S. Braces for Election Cyberattacks

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says a “situation awareness room” in Washington will help states monitor attempts to sabotage the midterm elections. But despite her assurances, experts told a cybersecurity summit Oct. 2 that the U.S. has no credible deterrence strategies to prevent foreign cybermeddling.

More City Governments Buying Cybercrime Insurance

A majority of the 25 most-populous U.S. cities now have cyber insurance or are looking into buying it, found a Wall Street Journal survey. A ransomware attack on Atlanta—one of the biggest reported breaches of a city’s network—served as a warning to officials everywhere of the constant barrage from hackers. 

Microsoft Scrubs Russian Hackers’ Phony Policy Websites

The firm pledged new steps to curb “broadening threats to democracy” after discovering that the notorious APT28 hacking group, linked to a Russian intelligence agency and believed to have interfered in the 2016 election, created six fake sites. The discovery underscores the aggressive role Russian operatives are playing ahead of the U.S. midterms.